Rum Mincemeat & Homemade Candied Peel

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The 26th November is stir up Sunday, this is the last Sunday of the year before advent starts. On stir up Sunday households would traditionally make their Christmas puddings ready for Christmas Day. There is a strong religious association with Christmas pudding, historically it would contain 13 different ingredients to represent Jesus and his disciples. When the pudding was mixed, each family member would take it in turns to give it a stir and a silver sixpence would be hidden in the pudding before steaming.

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Now I’m sure you’re thinking, all this talk of Christmas pudding is well and good, but why has she made rum mincemeat and candied peel? I’m actually away this weekend, so I won’t have a chance to participant in stir up Sunday. However, I always make a batch of rum mincemeat for my festive baking and I love to have my own candied peel, as it adds so much more flavour to your baked goods.

Rum Mincemeat | Patisserie Makes Perfect

This candied peel would make a fantastic addition to your Christmas pudding and you can make the rum mincemeat, if like me you’re busy on stir-up Sunday, or you just run of out of time to make a pudding. The fantastic thing about the rum mincemeat is that it’s vegetarian and it doesn’t need to be left for a long time for the flavour to develop. It can be used straight away, but it is better if you can leave it for a couple of days to give the flavours a chance to marry.

Candied Peel | Patisserie Makes Perfect

Also the quantities for each ingredient are just a guide, I use it as a way to clear out my cupboards of any half-opened bags of dried fruit and nuts I have used throughout the year.  So as long as you keep the total quantity the same, this recipe will work out perfectly.  Fruits like dates, apricots, sultanas, even dried pineapple would be lovely in this dish, any other nuts like walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds would also work really well.

Rum Mincemeat | Patisserie Makes Perfect

The candied peel is great in Christmas cake, puddings, as a decoration, or you can even slice it in strips, let it air dry and coat it in granulated sugar and/or melted chocolate.

Candied Peel | Patisserie Makes Perfect

I hope these couple of recipes get you on your way with your Christmas baking. I’ll show you some more ways to use the candied peel and rum mincemeat other the next few weeks, but for now take a look at these mincemeat Danish pastries, clementine and mincemeat cake and this chocolate olive oil cake.

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Candied Peel

This recipe for candied peel is from William Curley's book Patisserie. Here I've used oranges, but you can use lemons, grapefruits or even yuzu.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 750 g
Author: William Curley


  • 3-4 Navel Oranges around 750g
  • 500-600 ml Water
  • 375 g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Vanilla Pod or 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract


  • Score around the outside of the oranges in quarters, and gently using your fingers take off each quarter of the peel.
  • Bring a pan of water to the boil then add the orange peel and boil for two minutes.
  • Drain the peel and discard the water.
  • Refresh the peel in cold water, and then repeat the blanching process twice more.
  • Put the 500ml of water, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
  • Add the drained orange peel and bring back to a boil, then reduce to a low heat and continue to cook for around 2 hours, until the orange is soft and candied.
  • Store in an airtight container along with it's syrup for up to 1 month.

Rum MIncemeat | Patisserie Makes Perfect

Rum Mincemeat

This is a recipe for a vegetarian mincemeat, because it doesn't contain suet it will not keep for months and months. In a sterilized jar in the cupboard this should keep for a good couple of month. Makes 2 large jars of mincemeat.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 2 x 500g jars
Author: Patisserie Makes Perfect


  • 350 g Raisins
  • 100 g Dried Cranberries
  • 175 g Candied/Mixed Peel
  • 175 g Soft Pitted Prunes chopped
  • 1 Eating Apple peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 50 g Pecans roughly chopped
  • 225 g Dark Muscovado Sugar
  • 1 ½ Tsp Mixed Spice
  • 1 Lemon grated rind and juice
  • 125 g Butter cut into cubes
  • 150 ml Dark/Golden Rum


  • Combine all of the ingredients apart from the butter and rum in a large bowl and stir to combine.
  • Place the butter in a pan big enough to fit all of the other ingredients and melt the butter gently, don't allow it to bubble, you don't want to fry the fruit.
  • Tip in the dried fruit and bring up to temperature, when the sugar has melted warm the mincemeat for 10 minutes and stir regularly to stop it catching on the bottom of the pan.
  • While the mincemeat is cooking sterilise your jars - the easiest way to do this is to wash the jars in warm soapy water, then dry them and place them in an oven preheated to 110C Fan, leave the jars for a few minutes and then remove them from the oven and place them somewhere safe to cool down.
  • After 10 minutes take the pan off the heat and allow the mincemeat to cool.
  • When the mincemeat is no longer steaming, add the rum and stir to coat all of the fruit. spoon the mincemeat into the sterilized jars and put on the lids.
  • The mincemeat should keep in a cool dark place for at least two months.

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Thanks for reading.


2 Responses

  1. Jodie Dodd

    Such stunning pictures Angela! And I have to thank you and GBBO for educating me on mincemeat. It’s not something you see here very often and I always thought it was actual meat, just different cuts of meat minced together. 😀 I’m not a fan of dried fruits but have noticed that my tastes are changing. I’ll have to give it a try sometime.

    • patisseriemakesperfect

      Fear not, it’s sweet, it isn’t actually vegetarian though as it contains suet, which is animal fat in some versions – I haven’t included it in my version.

      If you don’t like dried fruit, i have to be honest this really wont be for you! Stick with chocolate you can’t go wrong there 🙂

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